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CRoW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)
Wednesday, 11th March 2020
Little Hidden Farm, Hungerford ~ Scrub clearance

Fortunately all who joined us for our second visit to Little Hidden Farm had remembered last year's task and the muddy gateway which must be negotiated in order to reach the site.

We were not disappointed!

The fence which bounds the site is to be replaced and by way of preparation we were asked to clear the blackthorn growing along part of its length.

For the rest we continued to make scallops along the edge of the blackthorn and hawthorn thicket .....

Duke of Burgundy butterflies are to found at the site, introduced by its owner Bill Acworth, .....

..... and there was an abundance of cowslips both in the grass and beneath the scrub, food plant of the caterpillar of this threatened species.

..... as well as removing some of the larger hawthorns.

Updated: Sunday, 15th March 2020
Photographs: Alan Stevens; John Lerpiniere